December 8, 2014 10:16 PM
GONZALES - Two days after voters booted him from office, Timothy Vessel attended his last city council meeting on the governing body of the City of Gonzales.
"I had to be here as a councilman, to stay in my seat," Vessel said about attending the meeting Monday night. "This... more »
December 4, 2014 5:53 PM
BATON ROUGE- Mayor Kip Holden will ask the Metro Council next week to add a measure to a January agenda to introduce a tax plan which would generate $350 million.
The tax proposal would fund needed public safety infrastructure improvements.
According to Councilman Buddy Amoroso, the money would... more »
December 3, 2014 3:57 PM
ST. GABRIEL - Residents with medical emergencies on the east bank of Iberville Parish are about to experience shorter wait times to see paramedics. Parish leaders cut the ribbon on a new ambulance facility that will provide 24-hour paramedic coverage for St. Gabriel and towns nearby.
Sally Gentry is... more »
November 25, 2014 11:27 AM
FERGUSON, MO - Ferguson's mayor says Darren Wilson remains on administrative leave a day after the grand jury did not indict the officer in the shooting death of Michael Brown. Wilson was placed on leave Aug. 9, the day the white officer fatally shot 18-year-old Brown, who was unarmed and... more »
November 18, 2014 4:22 PM
NEW ROADS - New Roads Mayor Robert Myer ended his silence Tuesday about purchases he made on the city's credit card.
Myer admitted some purchases were for personal use, but claimed the city was reimbursed for every last penny. The mayor showed the Investigative Unit personal checks Tuesday which... more »
November 5, 2014 10:32 PM
GONZALES - The mayor suggested a councilman should resign after a controversy involving politicking near voting precincts on election day.
Timothy Vessel was issued a misdemeanor summons for riding a tricycle around town and violating the 600 foot zone around voting precincts where politicking is not allowed.
"[He]... more »
October 28, 2014 1:41 AM
TORONTO, Canada - The Rob Ford era is over as Toronto elected a new mayor, someone who is unlikely to ever make headlines for illegal drug use and public drunkenness. John Tory, a straight-laced, button-down moderate conservative, won Monday's election with 40 percent of the vote, compared to 33 percent... more »
October 27, 2014 9:51 AM
SORRENTO - A judge set bond for the former mayor of Sorrento who was arrested Thursday and charged with 40 counts of possessing child porn.
Wilson Longanecker, Jr.'s bond is set at $1,025,000. In addition to the child porn charges, the former mayor is also charged with one count... more »
October 24, 2014 3:45 PM
NEW YORK - An adviser to Mayor Bill de Blasio says the New York City Ebola patient is in "relatively stable" condition. Dr. Irwin Redlener spoke Friday outside Bellevue Hospital, where Dr. Craig Spencer is being treated. Redlener says Spencer's fiance also is hospitalized in isolation. He said Spencer is... more »
September 26, 2014 2:12 AM
DETROIT, MI - The day-to-day operations of Detroit's city government are back in the hands of its elected mayor and City Council. State-appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr said Thursday that "the city is more than ready" before signing Order 42. The measure puts the nine-member council and Mayor Mike Duggan... more »
August 19, 2014 9:51 PM
SORRENTO - After supporting a measure to fire the interim police chief, the mayor of this small town is asking residents to disband the department.
"I think we are better served by the Ascension Parish Sheriff's office. We cannot provide the services that they can provide," mayor Mike Lambert... more »
July 28, 2014 10:55 PM
GONZALES - City leaders got personal, tossing around allegations of malfeasance and misconduct, during a budget meeting Monday night.
Councilman Gary Lacombe accused Mayor Barney Arceneaux of breaking the law when appointing people to the city's planning and zoning board. Prior to the meeting, Lacombe asked the Attorney General's... more »
July 9, 2014 5:24 AM
NEW ORLEANS - Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for his conviction on bribery, money laundering and other corruption charges. Prosecutors said the actions for which he was convicted spanned his two terms as mayor - including the chaotic years after Hurricane... more »
June 23, 2014 3:33 PM
NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has rejected former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin's request for a hearing devoted solely to arguments about his sentence for corruption. U.S. District Judge Helen Berrigan denied the request Monday. The judge says Nagin's attorney can argue for a lighter punishment than the one... more »
June 18, 2014 6:32 PM
SORRENTO - A former mayor who cost Sorrento half-a-million dollars in a car crash settlement is back on the town's payroll.
Brenda Melancon was arrested, but never indicted, after a deadly wreck with a motorcycle in 2007. Now she's the clerk for Sorrento Police after the former clerk resigned.... more »
June 12, 2014 7:40 AM
TORONTO, Canada - Toronto's embattled mayor has made headlines around the world for his whacky antics. Now, he is headed to the stage.
There is an open casting call for the lead part in "Rob Ford the Musical: The Birth of a Ford Nation". Anyone can audition and organizers... more »
May 28, 2014 8:48 AM
BATON ROUGE - One of President Obama's messages on Memorial Day: Hire veterans.
Many local businesses will do just that at the Spring Job Fair hosted by the Mayor of Baton Rouge's Office. Penny Leduff-Collins with the Baton Rouge Business and Career Solutions Center and Kenny Lynch with Disable... more »
May 27, 2014 11:10 PM
GONZALES- The city council failed to override the mayor's veto of the budget Tuesday night.
"It was expected," councilman Terance Irvin said. "We understood that we could not overturn the veto because we only had three votes against two and it took a majority to overturn."
Mayor Barney... more »
May 21, 2014 11:30 AM
GONZALES - Mayor Barney Arceneaux announced Wednesday that he'd vetoed the budget recently passed by the Gonzales City Council.
"it is irresponsible and reckless to cut needed equipment from both the police department and the fire department, which directly affect the safety, health and welfare of our citizens, in... more »
May 14, 2014 11:46 PM
PORT ALLEN- Change was the topic of conversation Wednesday night as Richard Lee III sat in the mayor's chair, leading his first council meeting since becoming mayor.
Since taking office after winning an election in April, defeating former mayor Deedy Slaughter, Lee has talked with council members about everyone... more »
May 5, 2014 11:26 AM
NEW ORLEANS - Mitch Landrieu has formally begun his second term as Mayor of New Orleans.
Landrieu received the oath of office Monday. Members of the city council and other city official were also sworn in at the newly restored Saenger Theatre. The day began with an interfaith service... more »
April 17, 2014 9:09 AM
PORT ALLEN - Richard Lee was sworn in as the new mayor of Port Allen Tuesday. He joined us on 2une In Thursday to talk about his vision for the future of the city.
Lee's swearing in signals the end of nearly a year of constant fighting and scandal... more »
April 14, 2014 9:55 PM
BRUSLY - The mayor and city council went behind closed doors Monday night at the request of Asst. District Attorney Tony Clayton, to discuss investigative proceedings regarding allegations of misconduct.
The executive session lasted for about 45 min.
Brusly Police Chief Jamie Whaley announced plans to resign from... more »
April 5, 2014 10:46 PM
CENTRAL- Voters elected a new mayor and police chief and began to fill their town council during an election Saturday.
"Jr." Shelton was elected mayor with 59% of the vote and James Salsbury was elected chief with 52% of the vote. About 7600 people cast a ballot.
"Shane"... more »
April 4, 2014 4:32 PM
CENTRAL - Both Central mayoral candidates worked hard Friday to make sure voters will turn out for Saturday's election.
Candidate Jr. Shelton made house visits around the city while Dave Freneaux made calls to voters from work.
"It's the day that you still shore up your support, you're... more »
March 14, 2014 5:52 PM
PORT ALLEN - Mayoral candidate Larry Bell is out of jail after he was arrested for one count of animal cruelty recently.
Four of Larry Bell's horses were taken by West Baton Rouge Animal Control almost two weeks ago. Richard Summers with WBAC says this is an ongoing problem... more »
March 12, 2014 10:32 PM
PORT ALLEN- City leaders made changes to how city government operates in the wake of a debacle involving former mayor Deedy Slaughter.
Wednesday night, the city council approved a clarification about who is a city department head. While she was mayor, Slaughter often debated with some members of the... more »
February 18, 2014 10:32 PM
ZACHARY - City leaders want to consider changing an outdated law that allows guns to be fired anywhere in city limits.
The ordinance was intended for rural areas before the city began to expand.
After a couple of complaints about gunshot noises, the council and mayor are considering... more »
February 14, 2014 2:38 PM
PORT ALLEN- Deedy Slaughter, the former controversial mayor of this West Baton Rouge town and the subject of a successful recall by city voters, has decided to run again for mayor.
According to the Secretary of State's online database, Slaughter filed documents Friday- Valentine's Day. It appears she'll campaign... more »
February 12, 2014 11:52 AM
NEW ORLEANS - Jurors returned a guilty verdict against former New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin Wednesday in his federal corruption trial.
The jury made the announcement after just over six hours of deliberation, according to WDSU in New Orleans.
Nagin faced a 21-count indictment and was found guilty... more »
February 6, 2014 12:04 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Former New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin has taken the stand to defend himself in his federal corruption trial.
Nagin began his testimony by discussing his relationship with Rodney Williams. Williams was the first witness for the prosecution when the trial began last week. Four others followed,... more »
February 5, 2014 5:21 PM
PORT ALLEN - Port Allen council members plan to discuss two new ordinances that would add transparency with the future mayor of the city.
This comes after former mayor Dee Dee Slaughter was recalled in November.
Council members say they want clearer laws when it comes to city... more »
February 3, 2014 10:57 PM
PORT ALLEN- A former Baton Rouge Police officer wants to turn things around on the other side of the river.
Richard Lee said he will run to be mayor of Port Allen. Lee is a third generation resident of the city that has seen its share of controversy recently... more »
February 2, 2014 10:12 AM
NEW ORLEANS - After four years of police reforms, revamps of city contracts and stepped-up efforts to clean up lingering Hurricane Katrina blight, Mitch Landrieu calls his landslide victory for a second term as New Orleans' mayor a clear message from voters to keep moving forward. Landrieu captured 64 percent... more »
January 8, 2014 5:40 PM
BATON ROUGE - East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor Kip Holden came out swinging against any incorporation efforts for the proposed city of St. George.
Holden talked about economic highlights of the past year during his annual State of the Parish address, and also spoke of the decrease in the... more »
January 7, 2014 5:52 PM
ZACHARY - Record breaking temperatures are taking their toll on Zachary's gas pipelines.
Residents are experiencing low gas pressure throughout the city. Mayor David Amrhein said it's from a combination of the cold and meeting the demand of a growing city. Some Zachary residents went without heat, hot water,... more »
December 17, 2013 9:46 PM
PORT ALLEN - An empty seat in Port Allen has been filled, for now. Gov. Bobby Jindal chose a former mayor of Port Allen to fill the vacated seat when Deedy Slaughter was recalled last month.
Marilynn "Lynn" Bergeron Robertson of Port Allen served as mayor from 1993 to... more »
December 12, 2013 5:13 PM
PORT VINCENT- The police chief of Port Vincent resigned Tuesday after receiving several complaints from residents.
Mayor David Carter tells WBRZ News 2 that Daryl Averett stepped down as police chief Tuesday night after a private meeting between him, the mayor, and Mayor Pro Tem Johnnie Page. During the... more »
December 5, 2013 4:21 PM
BAKER - The mayor and police chief of Baker are up in arms over the city's reduced budget.
Chief Mike Knaps wants to hire new officers to fill vacant positions, but the mayor won't allow it.
Right now the police department is down one patrol officer and three... more »
November 25, 2013 7:34 AM
PORT ALLEN - Mayor Deedy Slaughter has until 4:30pm Monday to vacate her office at City Hall.
Voters supported Slaughter's recall earlier this month in a record-setting special election.
She has been the focus of several reports by the News 2 investigative unit, which uncovered possible wrongdoing during... more »
November 22, 2013 10:15 AM
SORRENTO- A pair of residents took the first steps Friday to recall Mayor Mike Lambert.
Brain Sisk, chairman of the effort, and Donald Trabeaux, his co-chair, walked into the Secretary of State's office this morning to begin the petition.
The pair can now officially collect the 348 signatures... more »
November 18, 2013 7:39 AM
PORT ALLEN - Council members agreed that one of their first priorities in the wake of Mayor Deedy Slaughter's recall is to take another stab at adopting a 2013-14 budget before city departments run out of money.
In Saturday's election, 57 percent of Port Allen voters supported a grass... more »
November 16, 2013 8:04 PM
PORT ALLEN- The first round of results of the recall election involving this city's mayor show early voters want Deedy Slaughter out.
Voting for the recall were 1,094 registered voters. Voting against the recall were 548 against.
A total of 1,642 voters voted early, a town record. That... more »
November 16, 2013 1:24 PM
SORRENTO - Sparks flew in Sorrento Saturday morning at a special meeting to decide on the future of the town's police department.
Sorrento currently has only one quote on the table to provide insurance for the police department and an offer from the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office to step... more »
November 16, 2013 12:32 PM
SORRENTO - Sparks flew in Sorrento Saturday morning at a special meeting to decide the future of the Sorrento Police Department.
Council members tabled discussions until Nov. 19 -- the same day the police department's current liability insurance ends.
The town currently has one insurance quote on the... more »
November 13, 2013 9:41 PM
PORT ALLEN - Voters in Port Allen will head to the polls this weekend without a 2013-2014 city budget. Mayor Deedy Slaughter vetoed the budget Nov. 4 after some council members added an amendment that left out items the mayor wanted.
Wednesday night, the council met to consider overriding... more »
November 13, 2013 4:05 PM
PORT ALLEN - With just three days before voters in Port Allen will head to the polls for the first recall election in West Baton Rouge Parish history, some voters are still undecided about how they'll vote.
The city has been divided since News 2 began investigating Mayor Deedy... more »
November 12, 2013 9:01 AM
ATLANTA - Atlanta's mayor says the city will demolish Turner Field after the Braves leave for a new stadium in the suburbs in 2017. Mayor Kasim Reed said Tuesday during a press conference that the stadium will not be left vacant after the team starts playing at a new field... more »
November 7, 2013 11:14 AM
BATON ROUGE - Saturday, November 9, is the last day for early voting in the November 16 election.
There are a number of municipal elections and the runoff for Congress in the 5th district on the ballot.
Early voting is available from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily... more »
November 4, 2013 12:10 PM
PORT ALLEN - Early voting numbers in West Baton Rouge Parish set a one-day record Saturday.
Registrar Stacy Ryan says 618 people voted in person for the Port Allen mayor recall election, with another 31 ballots sent in by mail.
Ryan said that's 16 percent of the registered... more »
October 30, 2013 8:19 PM
NEW YORK CITY - The New York City Council passed a bill to raise the age to 21 for buying tobacco products.
NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the new age requirement will prevent teens from smoking cigarettes, helping save lives in the process. Bloomberg has promised to sign the... more »
October 28, 2013 11:01 PM
GONZALES- City leaders here got tough on door-to-door salespeople.
After Monday night's vote, and passing of a new law, peddlers will need a special permit. They would also need to wear identification.
People complained about solicitors and asked city leaders to do something.
However, some people are... more »
October 23, 2013 10:24 PM
PORT ALLEN - The Port Allen City Council voted to pass a 2013-2014 city budget they've been waiting on for almost four months.
But Mayor Deedy Slaughter said Wednesday if the budget was passed with an amendment, she would veto the legislation.
Slaughter said she received an amendment... more »
October 18, 2013 12:21 PM
NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has refused to dismiss criminal charges against former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin. Nagin's lawyer earlier this week had asked that Nagin's indictment on bribery charges be thrown out, arguing that the case was tainted by prosecutorial misconduct. Defense attorney Robert Jenkins had said... more »
October 9, 2013 10:35 PM
PORT ALLEN - Mayor Deedy Slaughter and the Port Allen City Council met Wednesday night to discuss matters focusing on a new city budget.
The $9.7 million budget is mimicked from a prior version written by the mayor. Changes made include adjustments to budgeting for capitol outlay, drainage and... more »
October 2, 2013 9:34 PM
PORT ALLEN - Mayor Deedy Slaughter lent a listening ear to the Port Allen City Council, who brought forth questions and concerns about the 2013-2014 budget.
Wednesday night, the mayor spoke very little about the budget, but said there will be more discussion next week.
Mayor Slaughter introduced... more »
September 30, 2013 10:13 PM
ZACHARY - A controversial speed camera along Hwy. 19 in Zachary is on it's way out.
The city and Redflex, the company who owns the traffic camera, will end the contract November 22.
Those who drive through Zachary, are weary of the cameras.
"As soon as you... more »
September 23, 2013 10:25 PM
GONZALES - For years, solicitors in Ascension Parish have not had guidelines for door-to-door sales. Mayor Barney Arceneaux says lately, there have been an increase in solicitors and new rules are necessary for the city of Gonzales.
At the next city council meeting, the city will propose a new... more »
September 20, 2013 9:49 PM
PORT ALLEN - A political divide continues here, after the governor announced the date of a recall election for the town's mayor.
Friday, Governor Bobby Jindal signed an order setting the date for Nov. 16. People against Mayor Deedy Slaughter got enough signatures for the recall.
"I don't... more »
September 20, 2013 6:58 PM
BATON ROUGE - Mayor Deedy Slaughter used her veto power to strike down a ordinance passed by the city council last month that could affect some of the higher-paid city employees, and the Mayor's own $20,000 pay raise.
At the center of the ongoing fight between Slaughter and some... more »
September 11, 2013 9:51 PM
PORT ALLEN - City business was taken care of Wednesday night, with an agenda containing salary talks and Port Allen's budget.
Before diving into the agenda, Mayor Deedy Slaughter and the council went behind closed doors into an executive session to discuss three separate lawsuits involving the City of... more »
September 11, 2013 11:46 AM
PORT ALLEN - City officials said a bench trial involving Port Allen Mayor Deedy Slaughter and Chief Financial Officer Audrey McCain has been continued in hopes the two sides can come to an agreement outside the courtroom.
Judge Alvin Batiste delayed the trial from Sept. 19 and 20 to... more »
September 10, 2013 10:43 PM
ZACHARY- The future of controversial speed cameras here is still up-in-the-air after a confusing decision by the town council Tuesday night.
Leaders voted no on an agenda item that would have let the contract lapse, and not be renewed. But, despite a vote that essentially supported the camera system,... more »
September 10, 2013 6:41 PM
ZACHARY - The lunchtime traffic flows a little slower along Highway 19 in Zachary, drivers seemingly wary of the traffic camera catching all speeders without prejudice.
"The ones in Zachary don't bother me at all," Vicki Barry said. "I think they're a good idea. They keep people from speeding... more »
September 9, 2013 10:27 PM
PORT ALLEN - Some in Port Allen say they have had enough and want a mayor who's not cloaked in controversy.
"It's very embarrassing," lifelong resident Walt Braud said. "I've gone down as far as Houma, Louisiana, and people have heard about Port Allen and just that we are... more »
September 9, 2013 5:11 PM
BATON ROUGE - A spokesperson for Governor Bobby Jindal said today they asked for an Attorney General's opinion over the certified petition to recall Port Allen's mayor.
Sean Lansing said they would ask the AG Buddy Caldwell's office to render an opinion on the validity of the signatures.
... more »
September 9, 2013 11:53 AM
PORT ALLEN - Election officials said they'll have an announcement Monday afternoon about the recently-submitted petition to recall Port Allen Mayor Deedy Slaughter.
Organizers of the petition turned in their collected signatures last week to the Registrar of Voters in West Baton Rouge Parish. It was the first time... more »
September 9, 2013 9:40 AM
PORT ALLEN - West Baton Rouge Parish Registrar of Voters Stacy Ryan turned in names to Governor Jindal today certifying signatures for a recall election for Port Allen Mayor Deedy Slaughter.
More than 1,400 names were turned in last Tuesday. Over the course of the week, Ryan had help... more »
September 6, 2013 9:07 AM
HAMMOND- Independence Mayor Michael Ragusa will enter a pre-trial diversion program, including anger management counseling, for charges stemming from August 2012 when he allegedly threatened a police officer. According to The Daily Star of Hammond, the agreement signed by Ragusa and Louisiana Assistant Attorney General Kurt Wall requires Ragusa to... more »
September 4, 2013 5:37 PM
GONZALES - The chief of Gonzales' police department recently called out members of the city council who he said were standing in the way of progress.
"I don't know if they're being rebellious, I'm not sure of what direction they want to head, but I can tell you, we're... more »